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'Van Gogh and Nature' beckon at Clark Art Institute

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.

'Van Gogh and Nature' beckon at Clark Art Institute


Vincent Van Gogh would be happy at The Clark Art Institute. He could admire the mountain views, gaze at a profusion of pink flowers in the lily pond and wander around the museum’s 140 acres.

Kane Mountain a popular summer hiking destination

FULTON COUNTY

Kane Mountain a popular summer hiking destination

Lori Avery and Susan Ackerbauer walked toward twilight atop Kane Mountain.

Thirsty travelers should hit the Schoharie County Beverage Trail

SCHOHARIE COUNTY

Thirsty travelers should hit the Schoharie County Beverage Trail

Gregory Wilhelm, owner of Royal Meadery in Richmondville, had heard that someone had completed the Schoharie County Beverage Trail in 21⁄2 hours, but he was skeptical. “They couldn’t have done all the tastings,” he says.

Camp Santanoni worth trek to Adirondacks

NEWCOMB

Camp Santanoni worth trek to Adirondacks

Let’s face it, your invitation to a friend’s Adirondack Great Camp didn’t get lost in the mail. But you can still visit one of the last of those Gilded Age “camps” -- Newcomb's Camp Santanoni, the pride and joy of Robert and Anna Pruyn.

Mayfield Beach is a perfect little getaway

MAYFIELD

Mayfield Beach is a perfect little getaway

Three-year-old Gia Gugliemelli of Hagaman likes her sand toys. She also likes splashing in the Great Sacandaga Lake.

Good exercise, great stories await at Saratoga Monument

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Good exercise, great stories await at Saratoga Monument

On a recent sultry Sunday afternoon, I took a solo trip to the Saratoga Monument.

Natural beauty part of Adirondack Museum's draw

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE

Natural beauty part of Adirondack Museum's draw

With Blue Mountain towering above it and Blue Mountain Lake below, the Adirondack Museum’s backdrop is the perfect complement to a place that tells the story of the Adirondack region.

Night at Malta drive-in still a treasured tradition

CAPITAL REGION

Night at Malta drive-in still a treasured tradition

Going to the movies lands near the bottom of my Friday night to-do list, just above “baby-sitting triplets” and just below “unexpected Bon Jovi cover band in my favorite bar.”

Taking it slow on the Cedar River Flow

HAMILTON COUNTY

Taking it slow on the Cedar River Flow

“How much farther is it? Honey, would you please check the map?”

Skaters have spills and thrills at Action Park

CLIFTON PARK

Skaters have spills and thrills at Action Park


Tucked away between this town’s newest hotel and its mall, the Clifton Park Action Park has offered the opportunity for novices and veterans of the skating game to come together since 2006.

Fort William Henry brings history to life

LAKE GEORGE

Fort William Henry brings history to life

Conscription is alive and well at Fort William Henry, and if your child has a hankering to join the King’s Army, he or she will fit right in.

Lake Placid a nice place to spend a summer day

LAKE PLACID

Lake Placid a nice place to spend a summer day

In the heart of the Adirondack Park sits Lake Placid, a tiny village that uses its robust history, beautiful mountain backdrop and countless summer attractions to create the perfect northern summer getaway.

Classic Clifton Park drive-in a staple of summer days

CLIFTON PARK

Classic Clifton Park drive-in a staple of summer days

Every April, the red-white-and-blue striped umbrellas open, offering shade to the customers at Country Drive-In all the way through the summer.

Lights, camera, blanket — free outdoor flicks abound

CAPITAL REGION

Lights, camera, blanket — free outdoor flicks abound

Kites, tea parties and Julie Andrews as the magical singing nanny — they’re all part of the fun Wednesday when “Mary Poppins” will be screened at 8, for free, outdoors at Empire State Plaza’s West Capitol Park.

North Greenbush children's museum sparks love of science

NORTH GREENBUSH

North Greenbush children's museum sparks love of science

The first thing kids come across at the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology in North Greenbush is a waterfall representing Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondacks, with an inviting, kid-sized canoe on the floor at the bottom.

Bike to Herkimer Home, and then explore grounds

LITTLE FALLS

Bike to Herkimer Home, and then explore grounds

I recommend you visit the Herkimer Home in Little Falls, a place I continually stumble onto while biking the Erie Canalway trail with my mother.

Walk through woods leads to spectacular falls

Manchester, Vt.

Walk through woods leads to spectacular falls

If you love waterfalls in the wilderness but aren’t up for a major hike, Lye Brook Falls in Manchester, Vermont, is for you.

Runners find shade, scenery on Niskayuna trail

NISKAYUNA

Runners find shade, scenery on Niskayuna trail

Back in January, a few friends and I decided to run 13.1 miles, a half marathon, in the bitter cold and snow.

Van Alen House in Kinderhook a nice summer day excursion

KINDERHOOK

Van Alen House in Kinderhook a nice summer day excursion

If you’re fascinated by the region’s rich Dutch history, consider spending a day this summer at the Van Alen House in Kinderhook.

Brews, Skee-Ball, late-night eats in Troy

TROY

Brews, Skee-Ball, late-night eats in Troy

If you want your friends to think you’re cool, and maybe just a little pretentious, take them out to Troy for a summer night on the town. 

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